Originally Posted by VulcanDragon
Laziness. "Stole" is ban\\died about a lot when a company didn't invent something but is frequently given the credit for it. I'm obviously guilty of this sort of misinformation myself, and I'll have to watch it in the future...saying Apple "stole" the mouse from Xerox is just as inaccurate as the people who think Apple invented the mouse, and I am generally pretty harsh on people who spread misinformation. So time to take some of my own medicine...stop saying things like this, Vulcan!!!
The other examples I gave weren't inventions per say. I brought up things that Apple made a reality. They didn't invent Unix on the desktop, app stores, selling music online, etc.
Apple did do exactly what I said which was make the mouse a reality, not a in the lab reality but a put food on the table, create possibilities and jobs reality.
There was a lot of foresight involved and buckets of cash, design and ergonomic testing. They also could have gave up when the pre-Macintosh Lisa gobbled up tons of bad press and mountains of cash.
So yeah, I actually think Apple deserves as much credit for the mouse as we know it
as the 1st person who thought of turning a track ball over.
I'm glad you took the time to read my reply as sometimes OCN seems to be very skim heavy.